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E.coli holding up beach-goers in South Haven another day
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - E. coli is keeping beach goers out of the water at South Haven's South Beach for another day.
Red flags are up to alert people about the high bacteria levels that prompted action by the health department earlier this week.
Most people stayed clear, but despite the warnings, not everyone is listening.
One doctor who Newschannel 3 spoke with said that isn't a smart choice.
"I certainly would not let my children swim in the water," said Internal Medicine physician Dr. Colin Killeen. "Because E. coli is just basically fecal matter."
Dr. Killeen says for the most part, people will be okay, but it's not worth the risk.
"I think a lot of people don't think that it could happen to them, and a lot of times we skirt disaster, but you don't want your kid to be the one who gets sick and ends up in the hospital," he added.
The side effects can range from diarrhea, vomiting, nausea or fevers to something much worse.
"If you have a break in the skin anywhere, even if it's something that you can't necessarily see, it leads to bacteria being able to get into the skin and cause an infection that's either localized, or can become systemic if it becomes bad enough," Dr. Killeen said.
Your risk factors also go up if you have an underlying medical condition, like diabetes.
While the warning flags are certainly disappointing for beachgoers, most advise it's better to be safe than sorry.
If you do decide to go in the water, be sure to take a shower afterward, and watch out for risk factors like diarrhea, vomiting, and the like.
If they don't clear up, head to the E.R. or to your family doctor.
While South Beach remains closed, North Beach has been deemed safe by the health department.